Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Train Deopot


I realize that this is Train Week, and that this picture does not have a train in it. This is the train depot in Maricopa, Arizona. It is the Southern Pacific Station. While there is no train in the picture, we will say it is "implied". The reader can generate their own image of what the train looks like as it pulls into the station, and what the people will be doing. I really like the pictures of the old train stations.

14 comments:

  1. I see there are 3 chimneys on this depot. You wouldn't think that they would need that much heat down in Arizona.

    That photo makes you think, if he took it 1 minute later there would have been a train there, with all the activity going on.

    Almost looks like the old station in my home town

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  2. alright, first stupid question of the day (for me anyway, I just got out of bed - lots of time for more later)

    Why did they build the buildings with double "awnings"?? What's up with that?

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  3. Isn't that a train 'behind' the building? Looks like a baggage car sitting there.

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  4. The double awnings are probably to keep the sun and thus heat out for both floors.Or maybe it was payola for the local awning company. After the last local elections, lots of redundant road signs sprouted like weeds, payback time.
    The train station has a unique and beautiful look to it. I wonder what color it was.
    The people milling about look like all men, nicely dressed at that. Maybe they are waiting for a shipment of mail order brides,
    The train, I'm sure, was a magnificent specimen with a large cow catcher and smokestack, much like the General Haupt.

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  5. From the shadows this may have been early AM or late PM. Back in the 1940s the Arizona temp could be very cool at night. And these were open fire places where most of the heat went out. The air was so clear the stars were right there and you could see a hundred miles.

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  6. Did you notice that the implied train actually had a cow caught in it's implied cow catcher?

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  7. The women are in the kitchen with Dina.

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  8. I think quite a few of the old train stations have found new life as resale shops or museums or ??? I like to visit such. I think one is in Waterloo, IL, at least the building sure looks like a train depot.

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  9. I hope you show some of the magnificent urban train stations as well. Awesome buildings.

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  10. Here's another view of the same station on the Maricopa history page:
    http://www.welcometomaricopa.com/maricopa-history/

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  11. PJM, there's a photo of the train depot at the Grand Canyon where all 7 or 8 tracks are stuffed to the gills with train cars. It really puts an emphasis on just how much people relied on trains to do their touring and sightseeing. I wish I had thought about it while I was in the office today, we have a nice digital archive of old photos of the line we currently run.

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  12. Here in Creston, Ia we have a long railroad heritage. We also have a turn of the century (state of the art) Train Depot, now converted to City Hall, congregrate meals and museum (while Amtrak riders get on and off at a 70s metal shed.) ?? I don't quite get tht.

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  13. Something I noticed this morning, was the was PJM spelled "Depot".

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